The talented Newcastle United defender making a name for himself away from the club

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Loans can go wrong for players for any number of reasons, but Newcastle United got one move absolutely right this season.

Lewis Cass joined Hartlepool United in October – and the defender hasn’t looked back.

Cass, has been a big part of the National League clubs success this season. The defender has made 35 appearances for Hartlepool, who play Torquay on Sunday in the National League play-off final.

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The 21-year-old – who signed a new deal at Newcastle in January, and was named on the bench for an FA Cup tie against Rochdale last year – is back in training after recovering from a hamstring injury, and could play at Ashton Gate.

Hartlepool defender Jamie Sterry knew Cass before they linked up at Victoria Park through their time together at Newcastle.

And the 25-year-old – who had a series of loans during his time at St James’s Park – feels the move has benefitted Cass and Hartlepool.

“Cassy’s been very, very good,” said Sterry. “I think he signed at the start of the season, then went through a little injury. I knew Cassy from Newcastle. He knows when I’m going to help him out, and I’ll help him out. We work really well together.

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“I think, for Cassy, especially with this being his first loan, he’s been absolutely brilliant, to be honest. He’s grown and grown with every game. It’s been a great loan for him.

Lewis Cass playing for Hartlepool United.Lewis Cass playing for Hartlepool United.
Lewis Cass playing for Hartlepool United.

“Some loans are very tough for a lot of players, because some managers leave a loan player out because he’s not really his player, but for Cassy to come in and be a big part of the team, has been really good for him.”

Hartlepool manager David Challinor hopes to have Cass – who started out at North Shields Juniors, and joined Newcastle aged 12 – available for selection against Torquay.

"Cass trained on Friday, and potentially will be fit,” said Challionor. “It’s one of them where I hope he’s fit – and we have a decision to make. Hopefully, we’ll make the right decisions that will help us get one more win.”

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Cass captained Newcastle’s Under-21 team before his move to Hartlepool.

Lewis Cass playing for Newcastle United.Lewis Cass playing for Newcastle United.
Lewis Cass playing for Newcastle United.

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